Send Grapefruit as a Healthy Snack

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A grapefruit from California cut in half

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With Mother's Day fast approaching, millions of Americans are wondering which gift to send. Flowers and candy are always nice, but how about something healthy? In this article we are going to talk about fruit baskets. In particular, we are going to focus on the grapefruit.

While most fruit baskets include oranges, apples and pears, the grapefruit can often be found in more exotic gift baskets. Not that the grapefruit is really an exotic fruit anymore. First spotted on the island of Barbados in 1750, the grapefruit came to America in 1823.

The first crops were planted in Florida, but they failed to impress the local population. One of the reasons for this is that Floridians had grown accustomed to the sweet and tangy taste of the orange, which had grown in Sunshine State for centuries. The sour, sometimes bitter taste of the first grapefruits was simply too much for them.

A few decades later, the grapefruit made its way to South Texas. Because of its subtropical climate, this particular region of Texas known as the Rio Grande Valley is quite possibly the best place to grow grapefruit on earth. In 1893, the first significant grapefruit crop was planted there. Then in 1929 a major discovery was made on a small orchard in the valley.

At the time, the grapefruit was little more than a novelty fruit. Occasionally, farmers would send grapefruit to friends and family, but there was no commercial grapefruit industry. All that changed when the first red grapefruit was found growing on a pink grapefruit tree. It was a simple mutation, but farmers soon discovered that the new variety was sweeter than its predecessors. Not surprisingly, people liked it more and they actually bought and sent grapefruit for others to try.

That simple mutation was soon known as the “Ruby” and it is largely responsible for the Texas Grapefruit industry. It is also the reason why Texas only grows red or Ruby grapefruits these day; the white and pink varieties were eliminated in 1962. That is the brief history of the grapefruit in America.

Now, why should you send grapefruit? In addition to being one of the healthiest fruits on earth, grapefruit are also the most popular fruit to have for breakfast. This makes them the ideal fruit to send in baskets that are intended for offices of business associates. Inevitably, there will be at least a few employees at the firm who enjoy a nice sweet Ruby grapefruit for breakfast. And if your mom enjoys grapefruit, there could hardly be a better, more thoughtful gift for Mother's Day.

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